ABC announces summer lineup
You're in luck because ABC announced some of its summer lineup today and that means the return of some of your favorite unscripted shows as well as two new reality shows, "Downfall," which premieres on June 29, and "Bachelor Pad," which launches on Aug. 9.
"Downfall" is a high-stakes game show played atop a building in which contestants answer trivia questions to compete for cash. Wrong answers could mean seeing "their hopes and dreams slip through their fingers and off the side building," according to a news release.
"Bachelor Pad" features 20 of the most unforgettable contestants from "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" living under one roof and offers them a second chance at love.
Speaking of those looking for love, "The Bachelorette" returns on May 24 at 9 p.m. for a two-hour premiere. Ali Fedotowsky, who left "The Bachelor" last season to return to her demanding job, now is giving it all up to find love.
The following week, on May 31, "True Beauty" joins the Monday lineup at 10 p.m.
"Wipeout" will premiere on June 1 in a very unexpected way -- a special two-hour blind-date-themed episode at 8 p.m. Wait. What? Twelve single guys and 12 single women will be paired to take on the "Wipeout" course as their first date and a chance to win $100,000.
"Dating in the Dark" will premiere on Aug. 9 at 10 p.m. when "True Beauty" is over and "Shaq Vs" returns on Aug. 10 at 9 p.m.
ABC also announced the premiere of three new scripted shows: "That Gates," "Scoundrels" and "Rookie Blue."
Like "Desperate Housewives," "The Gates" is set in perfect suburbia and will air on Sundays at 9 p.m. But the instead of catfights, this show has some supernatural elements. It stars Frank Grillo, Marisol Nichols, Rhona Mitra, Luke Mably, Travis Caldwell, Skyler Samuels as Colton Haynes, Chandra West, Victoria Platt, Justin Miles, and Janina Gavankar. It premieres on June 20 and is executive-produced by Gina Matthews and written and executive-produced by Grant Scharbo and Richard Hatem.
Also premiering on June 20 at 10 p.m. is "Scoundrels," a one-hour comedic drama about a family of small-time criminals that try to go straight after the father is sent to prison. It stars Virginia Madsen ("Sideways").
"Rookie Blue" follows the lives of five ambitious cops who just graduated from the police academy. The drama centers on 26-year-old perfectionist Andy McNally, played by Missy Peregrym. It premieres on June 24 at 9 p.m.
-- Maria Elena Fernandez (follow me on Twitter @writerchica)
Photo: Ali Fedotowsky. Credit: ABC